“We are pleased to support these innovative projects that expand recycling, composting and toxics reduction efforts,” said Laurie Davies, Ecology Waste 2 Resources program manager. “Reducing waste and improving how we manage what remains is good for public health and our economy.”
Grants were awarded in four categories, with the following totals:
Clallam County will use $4,302 to start a rural recycling initiative. The county will also use $7,767 to set up compost demonstration sites.
Jefferson County will use $15,832 to run mobile events to collect moderate-risk waste.
Jefferson County Public Health will use $11,250 to support their recycling program.
Lewis County will use $6,125 for a Red Wiggler Mini Farm. The County will also use $5,625 to reach out to retail business about recycling opportunities.
Pierce County will use $17,250 to pilot and evaluate outreach to people living in multi-family homes (apartments, condos) about reducing household waste.
Skamania County will use $20,250 to set up a moderate-risk waste collection area.
The city of Tacoma will use $56, 250 for food waste processing equipment and infrastructure.
Tacoma Pierce County Health District will use $160,000 for solid waste enforcement.
Coordinated Prevention Grants are appropriated from hazardous substance tax funding created by Washington voters when they passed Initiative 97 – the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) – in 1988. Funding is dedicated to environmental cleanups and protection in Washington.